Red Dirt Classic A Success!
The last Red Dirt Classic of the season at the Lazy E Arena was again a tremendous success! Over 1,300 teams made the trip to the fabulous Lazy E Arena over the 3-days (August 7th-9th) to compete for a pay-out of $182,340.00!! And yesterday … the RDC used both the main Lazy E Arena and the newly completed LE2 Arena to run the roping at the fastest possible pace – and it paid off having run 844 TEAMS in just 10 hours!! Click here to view results.
The Lazy E would like to thank all the ropers for coming and supporting the Red Dirt Classic!
St. Jude Barrel Jam announced
Caitlyn Garner’s voice cracked with emotion as she talked about her second home – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
On Thursday, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Lazy E Arena and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry hosted a press conference to announce an inaugural event called the St. Jude Barrel Jam, a national barrel racing event scheduled for October 2-4 at the Lazy E Arena.
When outstanding barrel racers from across the nation converge on the Lazy E Arena for the St. Jude Barrel Jam, they will not only race against the clock but more importantly, they will be helping children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The press conference was held in the Blue Room of the state capitol building and Garner, 22, of Stigler, told how special it is to her that her second home – St. Jude – has a home for its new event in her home state of Oklahoma.
Two weeks shy of her sixth birthday, Garner was diagnosed with leukemia. She had turned 6 by the time she began her treatments at St. Jude in 1999. What could have been a challenging time for Garner is an experience she continues to treasure.
“At that time I was so young that I really didn’t know what was going on and St. Jude just does such a great job of making you feel so comfortable and at home,” she said. “I honestly didn’t even know I was sick. I was always up playing, I don’t think I ever stopped for a minute, I was always running around.
“It was a really awesome experience.”
And then her voice began to weaken.
“To this day, I will be at home sitting in my living room and I will tell my parents ‘I’m getting homesick’ and they know exactly what I mean,” Garner said. “That’s just how much that St. Jude and everybody there, the faculty, the doctors and even the other patients and their families that we meet, that’s just how much they mean to us.”
Garner, a student at Oklahoma State University, has been pronounced cured for 11 years now, but she continues to go back and participate in life studies, a long-term follow up on patients.
Sue Harpole, Senior Vice President, St. Jude, was among those speaking at the press conference and she said that with each child, once a member of the St. Jude family, always a member.
“Caitlyn is a St. Jude patient,” Harpole said. “Once you are a St. Jude patient you always are a St. Jude patient because we have the only childhood life study in the country.”
The fundraising event scheduled for early October at the Lazy E Arena is the first sanctioned St. Jude Barrel Jam and a new national program serving the barrel racing segment of the equestrian community.
“You think ‘What would be the most amazing way to kick this off?’ and there’s no question, any barrel racers dream arena is going to be to come to the Lazy E,” said Chris Thompson, St. Jude Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture, who added that the Lazy E was “all in” from the start.
The owners of the event venue, Lazy E Arena, hope this is the beginning of a longstanding relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Lazy E Arena opened in 1984 and was purchased by the McKinney family in 2013 to maintain its reputation as the world’s premier western entertainment facility. The building sits southeast of Guthrie and northeast of Edmond/Oklahoma City and the main arena floor is 70,400 square feet, making it the largest indoor rodeo arena in the world.
Lazy E Ranch & Arena owners Micah and Leslie McKinney were among those speaking on Thursday.
“When we had the opportunity to look at this event and see what it could do for children, plus be on the innovative upstart of a new program nationwide, we were all in, we said, ‘Yes, absolutely,’’’ Micah McKinney said. “The Lazy E Arena has always been on the cusp of new innovative ideas and this could take off and be huge. Being a childhood cancer survivor myself anything that we could do for St. Jude and for cancer research just made it that much more special for us. So we’re very happy that you chose us.”
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese on Thursday said, “We know that the Lazy E and all of their staff are going to do everything that they can to make this successful. We know St. Jude is going to do everything they can to make this successful. We know the state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma citizens are going to do everything they can do. We still need spectators and we still need supporters. We want people to know that this event is going on so that they come, they support the event and they enjoy the event when it is held.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is simple: finding cures and saving children. One reason the St. Jude mission is relevant to donors and sponsors everywhere is because St. Jude freely shares its discoveries, so one child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Those also on hand on Thursday included: Blayne Arthur, Deputy Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry; Oklahoma Senator Ron Justice, Oklahoma Senator Eddie Fields, Oklahoma Representative John Pfeiffer; Cody Moseley and Laurie Fuller with the City of Guthrie; Greg “Heady” Coleman, Guthrie Chamber CEO; Cathy Williams-White, Director of Edmond CVB; Dan Wall, General Manager of the Lazy E Arena, and Robert Simpson, Lazy E Arena Director of Events, Marketing and Sponsorship.
“I just want to say thank you to you for hosting this event and I want to thank everybody in here for making this event possible,” Garner said. “Growing up around rodeo, it’s just so awesome to be able to join these two things together, because rodeo and horses and that kind of lifestyle is my passion and I’m also very passionate about fundraising for St. Jude, so it’s just a real honor to be able to join these two together.”
2015 Red Dirt Classic “April” USTRC Results
The Lazy E would like to thank all the ropers that came out this past weekend for the first Red Dirt Classic Team Roping of the year at the Lazy E Arena … the roping ended up with 735 teams vying for over $68,000 over the 3-days! Click here to view results!
TEC - Brazile Leads Fast Fourth Round
March 7, 2015 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – The fourth go-round of the Timed Event Championship of the World was fast and exciting.
In fact, four of the top six fastest round times of the weekend happened Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena. It’s making for an exciting sprint to the finish Sunday afternoon.
“I usually try to not watch much of the other competition, but when it’s as good watching as it is here, the fan in me comes out,” said leader Trevor Brazile, who has posted a 20-run cumulative time of 212.2 seconds, on pace to set a new record for the fastest aggregate. “It’s fun. There are a lot of good runs. There is a lot to be watching for.”
Brazile led the way again Saturday night, posting a 45.8-second go-round – it is the second fastest round so far this weekend behind the 43.7 he posted Friday night. Kyle Lockett, a two-time champion, scored a 48.7, followed by Russell Cardoza’s 51.1 and Jess Tierney’s 52.8.
It all happened before another large crowd.
“They have raised the stakes,” Brazile said, referring to the increased purse of $200,000, of which $100,000 is paid to the average champion. “They doubled first place. That’s a game-changer. You can see it by the contestants and the fans.”
Brazile owns eight of the top 10 fastest times in the Timed Event’s 31-year history, including the top six. He is also the event’s only six-time champion.
“When I have a chance (to post a fast round), and it comes down to the steer roping, it makes me a touch more aggressive,” he said, noting that bonuses are paid to the top six fastest rounds each year. “I didn’t come here to win anything in the rounds. If I have a chance, I try to capitalize on it.”
Brazile owns a 22.5-second lead over the man in second place, defending champion Paul David Tierney, whose older brother, Jess, is third.
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 212.2 seconds on 20 runs; 2. Paul David Tierney, 234.7; 3. Jess Tierney, 238.5; 4. Erich Rogers, 272.1; 5. Josh Peek, 298.6; 6. Clay Smith, 315.4.
ROUND 4: 1. Trevor Brazile, 45.8 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 3. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 4. Jess Tierney, 52.8; 5. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 6. Erich Rogers, 59.8.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8.
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TEC - Brazile Claims Seventh Title
Texan Becomes First Timed Event Titlist to Win the $100,000 Prize
March 8, 2015 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – Trevor Brazile is the most decorated cowboy in ProRodeo history.
On Sunday afternoon, he added another prestigious championship to his trophy case, winning the Timed Event Championship of the World for a record seventh time. In the process, he pocketed $116,000 – most came in the form of the average title, which paid $100,000 for the first time ever; the rest he earned by having the two fastest go-rounds of this year’s competition.
“This is the event of the purist in my events,” said Brazile, who scored a 43.7-second second round Friday night and a 45.8 Saturday night. “I’ve always loved it. It means a lot just because of everything entails. It’s 25 head. It’s a fun contest.”
He utilized a steady approach to claim the top prize, outdistancing runner-up Paul David Tierney by 25 seconds.
“You’ve got a game plan when you come here,” he said. “I try not to back off too much. I try to be efficient, but not overly protective.
“I’ve had a two-year hiatus from here. Coming back, you always question it. I felt like I could do it still, but until you come and do it, you never know.”
He knows very well. Over his nearly two decades of competing in the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” Brazile has earned $751,500.
“Not just the money has made it better,” he said, referring to the winner’s payout doubling from $50,000. “I think it added more excitement and obviously there was more on the line, but I think this is the most even set of stock they’ve had. I think that helped keep it even throughout.
“This is probably the closest field I’ve seen. As a whole, it was keeping the pack together due to the quality of stock that was here. It let a guy do his job. There weren’t as many eliminators here as there has been.”
Still, the top players in this game were challenged.
“It was tough,” said Tierney, the reigning champion who has finished among the top two each of the past three years. “Everybody roped good, and having Trevor come back and being able to compete against him was good. He’s got to come back next year so we can have it out again.”
He was one of two Tierneys to finish atop the standings. Older brother Jess, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, placed third. Between them, the Tierneys collected $42,000. That’s pretty good for the sons of ProRodeo legend, Paul Tierney, a four-time Timed Event champion.
“This is just a great event, and you get to go up against guys like Trevor, K.C. Jones and Daniel Green,” Jess Tierney said. “It’s the best event all year. I hope I can be like dad and come here until I’m 60.”
The Timed Event Championship is one of the most prestigious events in Western sports. It was developed 31 years ago as a way to decide the greatest all-around timed-event cowboy. Its list of champions is a who’s who of rodeo’s greatest stars.
This year’s Timed Event Championship of the World will be showcased in an RFD-TV prime-time special Wednesday, March 18th at 8PM Central. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Timed Event Championship will be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship was sponsored by Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Pendleton Whisky, Wrangler, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, Nutrena, Miller-Coors, Cox Communications, Bloomer Trailers and P&P Sales, MacroAir, Cross Bar Gallery, Ram Trucks, John Vance Motors, Big Tex Trailers, Western Horseman Magazine, R.K. Black Inc., KLX Energy, Absolute Innovations, Gist Silversmiths, Spin to Win Magazine, National Saddlery, Hot Heels, Rodeo Video, CSI Saddlepads, Sherwin-Williams, RFD-TV, the Best Western Edmond, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship was a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.
AVERAGE: 1. Trevor Brazile, 290.7 seconds on 25 runs, $100,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, 305.6, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, 331.4, $15,000; 4. Josh Peek, 364.8, $10,000; 5. Clay Smith, 373.1, $7,500; 6. Kyle Lockett, 381.0, $5,000; 7. Erich Rogers, 384.0, $4,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, 407.5, $3,000.
FASTEST ROUND: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7, $10,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8, $6,000; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7, $5,000; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1, $4,000; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6, $3,000; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8, $2,000.
TOTAL MONEY: 1. Trevor Brazile, $116,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, $17,000; 4. Josh Peek and Kyle Lockett, $10,000 each; 6. Clay Smith and Erich Rogers, $7,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, $7,000.
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